Friday, February 09, 2007

Friday Madness 2/9/07 : Ancient Nuclear Warfare

This morning I received a curious e-mail on one of the listservers I belong to. It's great to have a Friday Madness topic just fall into my lap.

Zeus was equipped with a thunderbolt, Krishna with a 'Bramastra' weapon.
Ancient Nuclear Warfare

"Anybody not wearing 2 million sunblock is gonna have a real bad day. Get it?" --Sarah Connor, Terminator 2

"Thank you, India." --Alanis Morissette

There is evidence that the Rama empire (now India) was devastated by nuclear war. The Indus valley is now the Thar desert, and the site of the radioactive ash found west of Jodhpur is around there.

Consider these verses from the ancient (6500 BC at the latest) Mahabharata:

...a single projectile
Charged with all the power of the Universe.
An incandescent column of smoke and flame
As bright as the thousand suns
Rose in all its splendour...
a perpendicular explosion
with its billowing smoke clouds...
...the cloud of smoke
rising after its first explosion
formed into expanding round circles
like the opening of giant parasols... was an unknown weapon,
An iron thunderbolt,
A gigantic messenger of death,
Which reduced to ashes
The entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas.
...The corpses were so burned
As to be unrecognisable.
The hair and nails fell out;
Pottery broke without apparent cause,
And the birds turned white.

After a few hours
All foodstuffs were infected... escape from this fire
The soldiers threw themselves in streams
To wash themselves and their equipment.

Until the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, modern mankind could not imagine any weapon as horrible and devastating as those described in the ancient Indian texts. Yet they very accurately described the effects of an atomic explosion. Radioactive poisoning will make hair and nails fall out. Immersing oneself in water gives some respite, though it is not a cure.

When excavations of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro reached the street level, they discovered skeletons scattered about the cities, many holding hands and sprawling in the streets as if some instant, horrible doom had taken place. People were just lying, unburied, in the streets of the city. And these skeletons are thousands of years old, even by traditional archaeological standards. What could cause such a thing? Why did the bodies not decay or get eaten by wild animals? Furthermore, there is no apparent cause of a physically violent death.

These skeletons are among the most radioactive ever found, on par with those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At one site, Soviet scholars found a skeleton which had a radioactive level 50 times greater than normal. Other cities have been found in northern India that show indications of explosions of great magnitude. One such city, found between the Ganges and the mountains of Rajmahal, seems to have been subjected to intense heat. Huge masses of walls and foundations of the ancient city are fused together, literally vitrified! And since there is no indication of a volcanic eruption at Mohenjo-Daro or at the other cities, the intense heat to melt clay vessels can only be explained by an atomic blast or some other unknown weapon. The cities were wiped out entirely.

While the skeletons have been carbon-dated to 2500 BC, we must keep in mind that carbon-dating involves measuring the amount of radiation left. When atomic explosions are involved, that makes then seem much younger.

Interestingly, Manhattan Project chief scientist Dr J. Robert Oppenheimer was known to be familiar with ancient Sanskrit literature. In an interview conducted after he watched the first atomic test, he quoted from the Bhagavad Gita: "'Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.' I suppose we all felt that way." When asked in an interview at Rochester University seven years after the Alamogordo nuclear test whether that was the first atomic bomb ever to be detonated, his reply was, "Well, yes, in modern history."

Ancient cities whose brick and stonewalls have literally been vitrified, that is, fused together, can be found in India, Ireland, Scotland, France, Turkey and other places. There is no logical explanation for the vitrification of stone forts and cities, except from an atomic blast.

Another curious sign of an ancient nuclear war in India is a giant crater near Bombay. The nearly circular 2,154-metre-diameter Lonar crater, located 400 kilometres northeast of Bombay and aged at less than 50,000 years old, could be related to nuclear warfare of antiquity. No trace of any meteoric material, etc., has been found at the site or in the vicinity, and this is the world's only known "impact" crater in basalt. Indications of great shock (from a pressure exceeding 600,000 atmospheres) and intense, abrupt heat (indicated by basalt glass spherules) can be ascertained from the site.

Wow! I had never heard THAT one before. This is priceless. It also goes against the grain of most conspiracy theories. Most of the freak stories I'm familiar with work from the premise that ancient and primitive peoples were too simple to accomplish any worthwhile engineering feats (eg. "Aliens built the pyramids/Easter Island statues." etc.), so there must be a fantastic explanation.

This beauty seems to go the other way and say that ancient peoples had nuclear technology. Wow! Perhaps their secret to enriching Uranium has been forever lost. That is truly a pity. If only they hadn't used their vile technology to wipe out their own knowledge--I think there might be a moral lesson here.

But don't despair, the ancient religious writings that stand witness to those horrid events have survived to this day. And furthermore, they are corroborated by claims of archeological evidence that are at best specious if not outright fictive.

My favorite part is:

While the skeletons have been carbon-dated to 2500 BC, we must keep in mind that carbon-dating involves measuring the amount of radiation left. When atomic explosions are involved, that makes then seem much younger.

Actually, it measures isotope ratio. And furthermore, the type of radiation emited during a nuclear detonation has never been shown to alter the carbon isotope ratio. I could go on, but I prefer to sit back and enjoy the fairy tale. If only all Fridays were this easy.


Gurudev said...

Well, except for the fact that it was oppenheimer, the father of modern atomic bomb who first stated that 'There have been detailed descriptions of nuclear weapons in ancient indian texts like mahabharatha and bhagavadgeeta and probably ancient Indians used the same in their warfare'. This he said in response to a question in an interview where he was asked 'How do you feel after conducting the history's first atomic explosion'

Charles Pooter said...


You got a source for that quote?

amonra said...

i been looking round the hypey sites and can't find anything that says it's for real or any well known authorities that back it up though i'm not that good at surfing the net you would think there would be an establishment backlash somewhere, without any photo and video evidence to prove it how are we to just blindly accept it for truth nor can just say it's you know anywhere where i can look?

shaunschon said...

Its most likely a hoax. There is no mention of it in a single reputed archaeological or investigative journal, instead its on sites dedicated to superstitious beliefs and glorification of ancient India to compensate for the lack of any modern glory.
More importantly, after doing some research I found that there's a nuclear facility located in the vicinity (Rawatbhatta) and their poor standards are what are responsible for a possible contamination. This is more of an attempt to shift the focus.

Nick said...

.....actually, there is also found an ancient nuclear facility in Russia, it is estimated to be around 4,000,000 years old! But it's very faint in structure. It was found in some mountain. But can't remember where i read it, just remembered reading it thou, try checking on Google folks. And how can we really get a measurement of time pass, i mean, how can we say for example; the dinosaurs really did die out 65,000,000 years ago? We need to go through that time period to measure the true time pass! Carbon dating etc, how do we know how long time truly passes?